Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous under any circumstance. Those who encounter a drunk driver may have little to no warning of the potential hazard they face, and a subsequent collision could leave them with serious injuries or worse. A recent crash in Louisiana involving a suspected impaired driver has left several with injuries and killed an 82-year-old woman.
According to law enforcement agents, the incident occurred on a recent Wednesday evening. For reasons still under investigation, the driver of a truck suddenly crossed the median and collided with an oncoming car. Both the driver of the truck and driver of car were taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries. A passenger in the car was also rushed to a hospital, but she unfortunately passed away later on.
While the investigation is still underway, authorities have advised that the driver of the truck may have been under the influence at the time. Far too many wrong-way collisions occur due to the negligent decisions of a drunk driver, and incidents that take place under similar circumstances can have disastrous consequences. Authorities have advised that toxicology testing is underway and that criminal charges are pending.
Those who are forced to experience the loss of a family member due to the actions of a drunk driver may wish to pursue accountability, but the civil justice system can be difficult to navigate. Fortunately, there are attorneys who can provide a client with guidance throughout the process. An attorney in Louisiana can assist a client in pursuing the full amount of restitution entitled through a wrongful death claim against the party deemed culpable.
Source: wafb.com, "Elderly woman not wearing seat belt dead after serious wreck on Siegen Lane", Rachael Thomas, May 23, 2018